One of the key aspects we drive into our PT students is the continual need to keep their service, approach and exercise selections personal and bespoke to each and every client they work with. One of the ways in which we do this is to follow the path of effectively assessing their client. This includes but is not limited to the following assessments:-
Flexibility (do we honestly need to be stretching every Tom, Dick and Harry’s hamstrings? This muscle group has got to be the most stretched area in the mainstream gym environment. But how many so called Personal Trainers know how to assess whether a client’s hamstrings actually need this treatment or not? Would you stretch a client’s hamstrings if they presented with an anterior pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis?)
Human movement profiling – how to assess basic human movement patterns like the squat, lunge push, pull, twist and bend.
The more our students are able to accurately assess the clients they are working with, the better results they achieve and lo and behold the better income they are able to derive from this fascinating and growing profession. Seriously, how many people will get to hear of you if your skill set, training programme and motivational skills generated a jaw dropping result for a client?
We also make our students fully aware that if they DO NOT follow this assessment approach then should they graduate from our Academy all future working relationships with their clients will be based pure and simple on guesswork. Anyone with an ounce of common sense will know how great and successful this approach will be.
The best personal trainers of tomorrow will religiously use fool proof assessment methods to monitor the progress and results of their clientele – after all that’s one of the reasons a personal trainer is remunerated and let’s keep that well and truly in mind.
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